Today we take a look at two high-end custom training rapiers that we've just completed and compare them to three original rapiers in the collection of The Oakeshott Institute. These are not your common bargain basement trainer. Rather, we make them as true to original rapiers as we can, but with a flexible blade that we hand grind to have handling properties as close as possible to a sharp blade while still preserving the life of your training partners ;-).
Nathan Clough, Ph.D.is Vice President of Arms and Armor and a member of the governing board of The Oakeshott Institute. He is a historical martial artist and a former university professor of cultural geography. He has given presentations on historical arms at events including Longpoint and Combatcon, and presented scholarly papers at, among others, The International Congress on Medieval Studies.
Craig Johnson is the Production Manager of Arms and Armor and Secretary of The Oakeshott Institute. He has taught and published on the history of arms, armor and western martial arts for over 30 years. He has lectured at several schools and Universities, WMAW, HEMAC, 4W, and ICMS at Kalamazoo. His experiences include iron smelting, jousting, theatrical combat instruction and choreography, historical research, European martial arts and crafting weapons and armor since 1985
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